Film

With three undergraduate film degree programs and the option to immerse yourself into one of two concentrations, a degree in film from the Herberger Institute delivers a world-class education bound by real-world opportunities in preparation for a career in film or television.

Bachelor of Arts in Film

The BA in Film was established in 2005 and is offered jointly through the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program offers a set of shared core film courses as well as concentration-specific courses offered by each college. Although all students enter the School of Film, Dance and Theatre as Filmmaking Practices majors, choosing one of the School’s two concentrations is required to pursue a Bachelors in Film. After completing the core classes, students may continue in the non-studio based concentration of Filmmaking Practices or apply to the highly selective studio based concentration of Film and Media Production.


Students in Filmmaking Practices develop expertise in a variety of film professions, including management, marketing, distribution, and producing. Upon completion of this degree students will be prepared for entry level positions in film production, producing, and management or advanced graduate level education.


As a student in Film and Media Production, you’ll use contemporary digital technology to study and practice as screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, editors and producers. The program places unique emphasis on ethical decision making in content creation and business practice.


Students interested in film and media studies take concentration-specific courses through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


1. Apply to ASU as Filmmaking Practices major

When you apply to Arizona State University, you will be asked to indicate your intended major

2. Optional step:

To apply to the concentration in Film and Media Production you must submit additional application materials once you complete the film core.

Faculty teaching courses for the BA in Film degree program are drawn from the ranks of working professionals in film and television.

Janaki Cedanna, film studio manager

Adam Collis, visiting professor

Ellery Connell, assistant professor

Micha Espinosa, associate professor of voice and acting

Joseph Fortunato, senior lecturer

Oscar Giner, senior lecturer

Christopher LaMont, instructor

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

Students with sophomore standing or higher can apply for internships and production assistant jobs as they become available.

Previously, students worked on:

  • Universal Pictures film The Kingdom (2007)
  • Television series Prison Break (Fox) and Lincoln Heights(ABC)
  • Regional award-winning independent films, such as Netherbeast Incorporated(Ronalds Brothers, 2007).

ASU is also forging a close relationship with the Arizona Film Commission, with the expectation that more film productions will be enticed to Arizona. Additionally, through a unique cooperative education agreement with Universal Pictures, a small number of Film and Media Production majors can spend an entire semester working on a Universal Pictures set.

Overview

The BA in Film was established in 2005 and is offered jointly through the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program offers a set of shared core film courses as well as concentration-specific courses offered by each college. Although all students enter the School of Film, Dance and Theatre as Filmmaking Practices majors, choosing one of the School’s two concentrations is required to pursue a Bachelors in Film. After completing the core classes, students may continue in the non-studio based concentration of Filmmaking Practices or apply to the highly selective studio based concentration of Film and Media Production.


Students in Filmmaking Practices develop expertise in a variety of film professions, including management, marketing, distribution, and producing. Upon completion of this degree students will be prepared for entry level positions in film production, producing, and management or advanced graduate level education.


As a student in Film and Media Production, you’ll use contemporary digital technology to study and practice as screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, editors and producers. The program places unique emphasis on ethical decision making in content creation and business practice.


Students interested in film and media studies take concentration-specific courses through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU as Filmmaking Practices major

When you apply to Arizona State University, you will be asked to indicate your intended major

2. Optional step:

To apply to the concentration in Film and Media Production you must submit additional application materials once you complete the film core.

Faculty

Faculty teaching courses for the BA in Film degree program are drawn from the ranks of working professionals in film and television.

Janaki Cedanna, film studio manager

Adam Collis, visiting professor

Ellery Connell, assistant professor

Micha Espinosa, associate professor of voice and acting

Joseph Fortunato, senior lecturer

Oscar Giner, senior lecturer

Christopher LaMont, instructor

Facilities

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

Internships

Students with sophomore standing or higher can apply for internships and production assistant jobs as they become available.

Previously, students worked on:

  • Universal Pictures film The Kingdom (2007)
  • Television series Prison Break (Fox) and Lincoln Heights(ABC)
  • Regional award-winning independent films, such as Netherbeast Incorporated(Ronalds Brothers, 2007).

ASU is also forging a close relationship with the Arizona Film Commission, with the expectation that more film productions will be enticed to Arizona. Additionally, through a unique cooperative education agreement with Universal Pictures, a small number of Film and Media Production majors can spend an entire semester working on a Universal Pictures set.

Saxon Richardson - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - The Student Experience

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Concentrations

Students in the Filmmaking Practices concentration receive grounding in production practice,... more

Location: Tempe
Academic Area: Film
Degree: BA

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Location: Tempe
Academic Area: Film
Degree: BA

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